Mike Nelms

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Mike Nelms
Mike Nelms with fan Jun 14 2015 - Copy.jpg
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Position: Defensive back / Kick returner / Punt returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-04-08) April 8, 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
High school: Fort Worth (TX) Wyatt
College: Baylor
NFL draft: 1977 / Round: 7 / Pick: 170
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Kickoff return yards: 4,128
Punt return yards: 1,948
Touchdowns: 2
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Craig Nelms (born April 8, 1955) is a former American football defensive back and kick returner in the National Football League (NFL) who played five seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1980 to 1984. Before his NFL career, Nelms played in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Baylor University.

College career[edit]

Mike Nelms began his college career at Sam Houston State in 1973.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Nelms began his professional career after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills. He was the last cut in training camp.[2] He then signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 1977.[3] Later that year, he was optioned to the Ottawa Rough Riders.[4]

Nelms is a three time Pro Bowler in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He led the NFL in yards per kickoff return twice (1981, 1982) and was the Redskins starting punt returner in Super Bowl XVII. In Super Bowl XVII, he returned six punts for 52 yards, both Super Bowl records, along with two kickoff returns for 44 yards.

Nelms finished his five seasons with 175 kickoff returns for 4,128 yards, 212 punt returns for 1,948 yards and two touchdowns, and one interception in 68 games.

After Football[edit]

Mike used to own Champion Chevrolet Toyota in Culpeper, Virginia.[5] His son, Kirkland, received a scholarship to play at University of Massachusetts Amherst.[6] Nelms also has three daughters, who each went on to play collegiate athletics, including Kurstin Nelms, who ran track for Columbia University.[7]


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